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1. A Christian minister or priest having spiritual charge over a congregation or other group.
2. A layperson having spiritual charge over a person or group.
3. Archaic A shepherd.
tr.v. pas·tored, pas·tor·ing, pas·tors
To serve or act as pastor of.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin pāstor, shepherd; see pā- in Indo-European roots.]

pas′tor·ship′ n.
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Noun1.pastorship - the position of pastor
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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